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Boycotts Past and Present

From the American Revolution to the Campaign to Boycott Israel

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Situates boycotts historically to show how they have changed over time, from the late eighteenth century to the present

  • Explores how such boycotts have intersected with Jewish history and the history of anti-Semitism, especially in the twentieth century

  • Provides genuinely interdisciplinary insights, with perspectives from legal scholars and political scientists

Part of the book series: Palgrave Critical Studies of Antisemitism and Racism (PCSAR)

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xviii
  2. Back Matter

    Pages 333-352

About this book

In this book historians and social scientists examine boycotts from the  eighteenth century to the present day. Employed in struggles against British rule in the American colonies, against racial discrimination in the United States during the Civil Rights movement, and Apartheid in South Africa, today it is Israel that is the focus of a campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). 

Boycotts have featured in campaigns undertaken by labour, consumer and nationalist movements. Jews were the target of boycotts advanced by various national movements in Central and Eastern Europe and the anti-Jewish boycotts instigated by the Nazis. In this collection, contributors explore the history of past boycott movements and examine the different narratives put forward by proponents and opponents of the current BDS movement directed against Israel: one which places the movement within a history of struggles for ‘human rights’; the other which regards BDS as the latest manifestation of an antisemitic tradition. 

Keywords

  • Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
  • Antisemitism
  • Israel
  • American Revolution
  • Captain Boycott
  • Civil Rights Movement
  • Cold War
  • Apartheid
  • religion and society

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck College – University of London, London, UK

    David Feldman

About the editor

David Feldman is Director of the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism and Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London, UK. Previous publications include Integration, Disadvantage and Extremism co-edited with Ben Gidley (2014) and Reconstruction in Europe After the Second World War (2011) co-edited with Mark Mazower and Jessica Reinisch. 

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USD 24.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-94872-0
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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Softcover Book
USD 34.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)